Sunday, September 8, 2013

A Romani Patshiv, Celebration, For THE VISCOUNT'S VOW Release

The Viscount's Vow is not your typical Regency.

The heroine is part Romani (gypsy) so I thought it would be fun to talk a bit about Romani culture.
First, all Roma—that’s how they refer to themselves—have a Gad┼żo name, their Christian name, and a Roma name.  Our hero, Evangeline Caruthers (Vangie) has a Roma name --Zora. Gypsies vistas, or clans are ruled by a bandolier, who deals with the day-to-day issues that might come up. This person is chosen because of their maturity and wisdom. He is not the gypsy king. 
The hero, Ian the Viscount Warrick  is accepted as a gaje, a Gypsy Friend, which essentially makes him an honorary Gypsy, and he is entitled to the hospitality and protection of the clan. It’s a good thing too, because he has an extended visit with the Roma after Vangie leaves him.

Gypsies are a blood family, and the only way for a gawdji (a non-gypsy) to become part of the family is to either be sponsored by a member of the clan, or travel with the gypsies for a time. Then the vista votes whether to accept the gawdji into the tribe. If a vote of consent is passed, an initiation ceremony must be undergone. Ian doesn’t ever go to this extent, because his time with the Roma is temporary.

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